Ukraine launches anti-terror operation

Kiev : The Ukrainian government Tuesday launched an anti-terror operation against pro-Russia activists in the eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said.

"The main purpose of these actions is to protect Ukrainian citizens, to stop terror, crime and the attempts to tear apart our country," Turchynov told the parliament.

He pledged that the government would take a "balanced and responsible approach" to the operation to avoid grave consequences, Xinhua reported.


Putin signs order to appoint Crimea's interim head

Moscow : Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Sergei Aksyonov as the interim head of Crimea.

The order dated April 14 came into force immediately, after it was published on the legal information portal Tuesday, ITAR-TASS reported.

Putin Monday informed the prime minister of Crimea about his decision to appoint Aksyonov as the interim head of the Black Sea peninsula.

"The constitution of Crimea has been adopted, and according to the existing legislation of Russia, it is necessary to appoint an interim head of Crimea," Putin said.


13 killed in shootings in Mexico

Mexico City : Thirteen people died in unrelated shootings in northern and southern Mexico over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Six people, including two children, were killed when gunmen attacked a house where a children's party was being held in the southern state of Oaxaca, officials said.

"The cause of this regrettable incident is still not known," a Oaxaca attorney general's office spokesperson said.

71 killed in Nigeria blast

London : At least 71 people were killed and 124 injured Monday in two blasts in a crowded bus station in Nigeria, an official said.

The explosion occurred as commuters were about to board vehicles to go to work in central Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, BBC reported.

Eyewitnesses said dead bodies were scattered all around the blast site.

Abbas Idris, head of the Abuja Emergency Relief Agency, confirmed 71 people dead and 124 injured.

Woman arrested for killing her seven babies in US

Washington: Police in the US state of Utah Sunday arrested a 39-year-old woman for killing her seven infants over a 10-year period, the media reported.

Megan Huntsman was arrested from her Pleasant Grove home and booked on murder charges, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Huntsman's ex-husband, who is believed to be the father of the infants, tipped off police Saturday and they found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term.

Uganda, with uranium, oil and gas, seeks India's help

By Biswajit Choudhury ,

New Delhi: Uganda, sitting on a "pile of uranium", is seeking India's knowhow to develop its reserves and open up new vistas of energy cooperation between historically linked countries, a visiting Ugandan minister has said.

Ephraim Kwamuntu, Ugandan minister of water and environment, said his country was keen on mutually beneficial cooperation with India to develop energy resources.

Ukraine bids to take back seized police station

London: Ukraine has launched an operation against pro-Russian activists who seized two government buildings in the town of Sloviansk, a media report said Sunday.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced on his Facebook page that security units have been deployed to take back the police station and a state security building which were seized Saturday by armed men dressed in camouflage fatigues in Sloviansk, a town about 100 km north of regional capital Donetsk near the Russian border, BBC reported Sunday.


'135 civilians killed in Nigerian attacks'

Abuja: As many as 135 civilians have been killed since Wednesday in north east Nigeria, a senior official from the region has revealed.

According to Borno state senator Ahmed Zannah, the killings were carried out in at least three separate attacks in the state. The attackers are suspected to be from the Islamist Boko Haram movement, BBC reported Sunday.

Senator Zannah said the attackers first target was a teacher training college in Dikwa town. They killed five people there and abducted several women.


Gunmen seize buildings in Ukraine's eastern towns

Kiev: Pro-Russia militants took over a police headquarters in Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, BBC reported Saturday citing local media and witnesses.

This followed a gun battle with the police defending the building as the attackers stormed it.

Several other official buildings were reported to have been seized in Donetsk region Saturday.

The confrontations come amid rising tension between the new government and pro-Russia protesters.


Magnitude 7.8 quake hits Solomon Islands

Beijing: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted near Solomon Islands early Sunday, China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said.

The temblor, which struck at 4.14 a.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), had a depth of 30 km. It was monitored at 11.3 degrees south latitude and 162.2 degrees east longitude, Xinhua reported.

A tsunami warning, which was initially issued for the Solomon Islands and surrounding region, was later revoked.